Braunston Church Moored Up Together Near Braunston
We actually managed to find two places just before the visitor moorings at Bridge 90, so we could stay the weekend at Braunston . It's always busy here with lots of boats moored up, so we were really pleased to be able to stop. The lads just had to visit Midland Chandlers and they came back with chains to attach us to the metal bar along the edge of the canal.
In the afternoon we went for a walk with Ben the dog following the footpath up through fields to the impressive church in the village overlooking the canal junction. The bells were ringing out as a wedding had just taken place and they were all going to the reception in an old red London Bus which was decorated specially for the occasion. The fields we walked through clearly showed the old ridge and furrow system of farming where each ridge was the peasant farmer's strip of land.
We walked through the village which has lots of interesting houses including an old windmill and a well equipped shop/post office. Then we stopped for a refreshment break at 'The Old Plough' before following a footpath down the hill again to see the Double Locks of the Grand Union Canal. The boaters in the picture above sharing the lock obviously know all about cooperative boating. The Pump House had a chimney dated 1897 in the brick work, which you can't really see in the photograph.
Eric bought a new hat in 'The Boat Shop' to replace the one that sunk at Hawkesbury Junction and got my dad a postcard to add to his collection. The shop owner kept it to post for me which was great. We walked down to Braunston Junction stopping to chat to some friendly boaters moored up for the weekend. Eric took some pictures of NB Dover and NB Vulcan moored in Braunston Marina- He loves the old boats! If he won the lottery I know just what he would buy!